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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Sep 14, 2018 6:46am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: very old British comedian from 1930's and 1940's who died in late 1950's

Pardon my jumping pages (I'm typically annoying people over on the Grateful Dead page), but your inquiry got my attention.

Not sure this helps, but this may be the person and routine you are looking for:
http://www.bluegum.com/Humour/Assorted/bricks.html

And from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Hoffnung:
Broadcasts and concerts
In 1950 Hoffnung began a career as a broadcaster for the BBC, as both raconteur and regular contestant in panel games including One Minute Please, the predecessor of Just a Minute. He was, in the words of Ingrams, "a brilliant improviser with a dry wit and a masterly sense of timing".[3]

Probably the best-known example of Hoffnung as a humorous speaker is an account of a bricklayer's misfortunes when raising some bricks in a barrel to the top of a building. It was part of a speech to the Oxford Union on 4 December 1958.[12] The derivation of the story is confused, but it first arises in the 1930s. It was published in Reader's Digest in 1940 as a letter from a naval officer who had supposedly received it from an enlisted man explaining his late return from leave. Hoffnung first saw the story in The Manchester Guardian in 1957;[13] the version printed there is identical with the text used by Hoffnung, except for the location, which he changed from Barbados to Golders Green. Hoffnung used the piece to warm up the audience before each recording session of One Minute, Please. In these performances he perfected the timing before the Oxford Union speech. The story was part of his speech in a debate called Life Begins at 38 and was recorded by the BBC.[1] The tale itself was not, Ingrams comments, especially funny, but "[Hoffnung's] manner and delivery reduced his audience to hysterics".[3]

Also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOy2GuaP8Mo


This may help you track down a recording.

Good luck,
SDH

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2018-09-14 13:46:49

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Poster: Harry Wilson Date: Sep 14, 2018 12:31pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: very old British comedian from 1930's and 1940's who died in late 1950's


https://archive.org/details/GERARDHOFFNUNGLifeBeginsAt38

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Sep 14, 2018 12:55pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: very old British comedian from 1930's and 1940's who died in late 1950's

And there you go.

Gotta love this place.

What DOESN'T it have?

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Poster: electroken Date: Sep 15, 2018 7:06am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: very old British comedian from 1930's and 1940's who died in late 1950's

That was the one! Thank you very much for giving me the link. I now am able to show it to my friends and watch them laugh.
Ken Lynes